New York removes ban on pro MMA fights
New York's ban on professional mixed martial arts came to an end Thursday, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed supporting legislation at a ceremony at Madison Square Garden.
The legalization ends the only ban of pro MMA nationwide. Cuomo not only welcomed the sport, but also saw it as a profitable practice.
Cuomo expects MMA to generate more than $130 million per year, while also encouraging even more of the sport's stars to emerge from New York.
The sport, which combines karate, kickboxing, wrestling, Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, will be regulated by the State Athletic Commission.
Participants were previously forced to travel to Connecticut or New Jersey for sanctioned fights due to the ban.
The law will take effect in September, and the first pro event is already scheduled for Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden.